LCDG is a leader in Educational Architecture, and has been working on private and public educational projects since its founding nearly 40 years ago. Our team has extensive experience is on educational projects for Pre-K, Kindergarten through 12th Grade, and Higher Education. Current trends in educational pedagogy are often reflected in our work. STEM and STEAM labs, Fab-Labs, Makerspaces, Project Based Learning, Design-Based Learning, Outdoor Learning Environments, and Group & Collaborative Learning are all recent examples of concepts explored in projects.

Our experience in project typologies includes renovation, additions, new construction, and deferred maintenance. We enjoy several relationships with educational institutions as their ‘on-call’ architects to serve their ongoing needs. Project types include Classroom / Academic Spaces, Administrative Facilities, Athletic Facilities, Visual and Performing Arts spaces, Libraries, Media Arts, and Information Technology Centers, Support Facilities, Site Design, Pick-up / Drop-off, Landscape / Hardscape Design, and Playfields.


Kevin O’Brien, the firm’s Principal, has a long history of combining teaching with practice. He has served as an Associate Professor of Design at the Cal Poly Pomona School of Architecture, as well as the Resident Director of the VDL Neutra Research House. Kevin currently is the Visiting Professor for Educational Architecture at Cal Poly, and is teaching an advanced studio in K-12 architectural design, with a focus on trends in educational philosophy and pedagogy. See additional samples of Kevin’s Educational Design work:

See additional samples of Kevin’s Educational Design work:


Marymount High School, Los Angeles CA; STEM Lab & Arts Renovation Study

Polytechnic School, Pasadena CA; Master-planning, Multiple Projects for new and Renovated Buildings

Our Community School, Chatsworth CA; Renovation and Additions

Brentwood School, Brentwood CA; Campus Masterplan and new Middle School Education Complex*

Merdinian Evangelical School, Sherman Oaks CA; Master Planning and design for PreK-8 school

St. Marks Episcopal School, Altadena CA; Planning & Design for New and Renovated Facilities

Oaks Christian High School, Westlake Village CA; Performing Arts Theater

Turning Point Academy, San Luis Obisbo, CA; New Classroom / Administration Buildings

Pasadena Unified School District Hamilton Elementary School, Pasadena CA; new School

Hodges Children Center, Pasadena CA; new Early Education Facility

Holy Family Girls High School, Glendale CA; Planning and Design for new and renovated facilities

LAUSD, Los Angeles CA; New Construction / Renovation Multiple Schools

Arcadia USD, Arcadia CA; New Construction / Renovation Multiple Schools

Santa Monica Malibu USD, Malibu CA; New Administration, Classroom, and Library*

LACOE IPoly High School, CSU Pomona, Pomona CA*

LACHSA; High School for the Arts, CSULA, Los Angeles CA*


Pauley Hall Residence Hall renovation, Occidental College, Los Angeles CA

Multiple Projects, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont CA

Development Offices, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont CA

Multiple Projects, The Masters College, Santa Clarita CA

Multiple Projects, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles CA

Multiple Projects, California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech), Pasadena CA

Multiple Projects, Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles CA

Multiple Projects, Cal State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA

Multiple projects, Cal State University Northridge, Northridge CA

Hoover Hall renovation, Whittier College, Whittier CA

Student Commons renovation, Cal State San Bernardino, San Bernardino CA

Francisco Torres Residence Hall renovation, UCSB, Santa Barbara CA

Multiple projects, Los Angeles Community College District

LAUSD, Los Angeles CA; New Construction / Renovation Multiple Schools

Arcadia USD, Arcadia CA; New Construction / Renovation Multiple Schools

*Kevin O’Brien as Principal for previous firm